“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” It’s an old saying, but it brings up an interesting point: Attitude matters. A huge part of our success as fitness professionals lies in our ability to help clients feel like whistling (usually metaphorically) while making a sometimes-challenging transition to a healthier lifestyle (and, at times, literally taking a run through springtime slush). How clients feel can make a difference.

In this issue of American Fitness, we’ll explore the effect of emotions on motivation. For example, our cover story features Sohee Lee, MS, founder of the “Eat. Lift. Thrive.” Movement. Lee overcame daunting obstacles, pursued an education in fitness and nutrition, and now strikes the perfect balance as both a tough-love coach and a compassionate confidante for her clients. Earlier in the issue, Olivia Ellis, MS, shares three steps based on cognitive theory that can help group fitness instructors adapt their music, language and cuing to facilitate members’ goals.

In anticipation of NASM’s transformational Nutrition Certification, now is the ideal time to discuss the robust, proven health benefits offered by fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. In the Nutrition column, you’ll discover how these foods fit into the 10 principles of an anti-inflammatory diet.

In this issue’s CEU Corner, we take a fresh look at hydration, going well beyond the usual “eight glasses of water” debate. You’ll learn anatomy and biochemistry details that determine how water is used in the body—and what happens when there’s not enough to go around. Hypohydration, the author notes, does more than affect sports performance. It can wreak havoc on metabolism and lead to the breakdown of muscle tissue, among other things.

In the interest of homeostasis, our feature on hormones and weight loss examines the roles of insulin, cortisol, sex hormones and thyroid levels. And don’t miss our guide for personal trainers who recently passed their NASM-CPT exam (congratulations to you all!). Longtime NASM-CPT Rick Richey, DHSC, MS, shares “what I wish I knew when I started out”. His good humor and advice—based on the NASM Optimum Performance Training™ model—may help new CPTs make the shift from “nervous” to “excited” as they begin to build their clientele and career.

We are thrilled to welcome new members into the NASM and AFAA families—and to help our existing professionals continue to grow in knowledge and success.

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